DFE's first live show in front of an audience in almost a year and a half will be at the Calgary Folk Music Festival "Summer Serenades" concert series alongside Shad & Skratch Bastid on Thursday, July 22nd at Prince's Island Park.
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Listen here: https://lnkfi.re/TBC
Canadian true-school hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire (Teekay and DJ Cosm) are back with the first of several projects celebrating their upcoming 20th anniversary as a crew in 2022. Kicking things off is a new digital maxi-single featuring two fresh collaborations with artists from France. "To Be Continued" is a smooth, jazzy track contemplating the temptations of street life with a show-stopping solo from French trumpet player Alix Laran. The second song is the upbeat "Inspiration" featuring emcee Gassam aka GAS and singer Luc Nyamé-Siliki from Lyon, France. Teekay and Gassam trade energetic bars in English and French on this banger.
DJ Cosm returns to kick off 2021 with "Natural Within", the follow-up to his 2011 solo debut "Time and Space". Once again he's assembled a who's who of underground hip hop legends and up & comers, all who have received spins on his weekly radio show "Mental Illness" on CJSW in Calgary. This is fresh lyrics and head-nodding beats, nothing but the realness. Just listen.
Streaming Links: lnkfi.re/naturalwithin
DFE is back with an impressive new video, directed by the talented Oliver Banyard. "Overtime" is the second single from the 2020's "Banff Avenue" album. It's a head noddin' boom-bap banger produced by DJ Cosm with Teekay (aka Tarik Robinson) providing the smooth wordplay. The theme here is that DFE, almost 20 years in the game is still going strong, going into OT for more of the classic hip hop style they bring, which is harder to find these days.
Banff, Alberta… a picturesque Western Canadian mountain town, famous for natural beauty, kitschy tourist shops and incredible nightlife. It’s this last attraction that provides the inspiration for Dragon Fli Empire’s newest opus, “Banff Avenue”. The two-man team of DJ Cosm and Tarik Robinson (aka Teekay) return with their first album since 2013’s “Mission Statement” and it’s a purely in-house effort with that 100% DFE formula of thumping, melodic beats by Cosm and Teekay’s smooth and intelligent wordplay. The chilled-out vibes on this album are the perfect musical remedy for the chaotic year that is 2020. Download and stream this incredible project (complete with instrumentals) today!
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***UPDATE MARCH 18TH***
The Record Store European Tour and the Banff Avenue Western Canadian Tour are both being postponed to a later date due to the Coronavirus.
Alberta, Saskatchewan and a return (after six years) to our friends in FRANCE. We are pumped to announce TWO 2020 tours to celebrate our recent vinyl 45 'Record Store' plus our upcoming project 'Banff Avenue' (releasing late March 2020). Get ready for the "Banff Avenue Western Canadian Tour" and the "Record Store European Tour". More details in the SHOWS section. Make sure to catch the DFE in your area!
DFE pays homage to hip hop's funk and soul origins in our video for "Fli Beat Patrol", a funk-laced, Djar One-produced banger that appears as the B-Side of our new "Record Store" single, which contains the J-Live featured title track on the flip. The 7-inch 45 is available now via Ill Adrenaline Records' online store, Fat Beats, HHV and various record stores around the globe. Quanities are limited to just 300 units in classic black, along with a yellow variant limited to just 100 units which can be purchased exclusively on the Ill Adrenaline website and select record stores.
Stream both songs here!
DFE is excited for two brand new releases coming in early 2020!
The first release will be a 7" vinyl that we've been anticipating for awhile on Ill Adrenaline Records. The A-Side is "Record Store" featuring the legendary J-Live over a bossa-nova influenced beat produced by DJ Cosm & Metawon. The B-Side is "Fli Beat Patrol" produced by French beatmaker Djar One, an upbeat banger where Teekay goes through the history of hip hop beats starting from soul music in the '60s and '70s.
The second release is our new project Banff Avenue, which is an entirely in-house production with Cosm on the beats and Teekay on the rhymes. Check out the video for the lead single, "Banff Avenue" here!
Banff Avenue track listing:
1. Banff Avenue
4. On My Way
5. Looking for Tomorrow
6. How Ya Doin'?
7. Talking at the Movies
The title track and first single from Dragon Fli Empire's upcoming EP is "Banff Avenue". It's an ode to the many trips taken by DFE to perform in this picturesque mountain town in the Canadian Rockies.
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DFE will play Invermere, BC for the first time on Friday, August 2nd for the "Hip Hop Hooray" party which will also feature up-and-coming emcee Lazi plus DJ Cosm & DJ Najee V on the wheels of steel spinning hip hop classics!
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